Psychedelic Science: Rediscovering Magic Mushrooms

Originally released on November 4, 2013, the following video produced by Reason TV's Paul Feine and Alex Manning documents how researchers such as Roland Griffiths of Johns Hopkins University and Robin Carhart-Harris of Imperial College London are making progress with psychedelic research.

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Magic Mushrooms have been around for hundreds, if not thousands of years. In the 1950s, R. Gordon Wasson and his wife traveled to Oaxaca, Mexico and participated in a mushroom ritual. That experience led to a 1957 Life magazine article titled “Seeking the Magic Mushroom.” The following year, the Swiss scientist Albert Hofmann, who had been the first to synthesize LSD in 1938, identified psilocybin and psilocin as the active compounds in magic mushrooms. In 1960, Timothy Leary and Richard Alpert founded the Harvard Psilocybin Project to study the effects of psilocybin on humans. Harvard University famously fired Leary and Alpert in 1963.

The serious studies pretty much ended when psilocybin and psylocin were listed as Schedule 1 drugs in 1971.

Since then, people all around the world have been experimenting with magic mushrooms to expand consciousness and achieving spiritual growth.